Application Deadlines
  • December 15 (PhD priority)
  • February 15 (Phd final)

Shape the future of engineering education. 

Our PhD program seeks to improve the education of engineers through research, project-based learning paradigms, and integrated design principles. Through our collaboration with the School of Education and other discipline-based education research groups at CU Boulder, our flexible curriculum blends technical expertise with education outcomes. 

The program is designed for students with a background in engineering. As a candidate you can expect to: 

  • Conduct and direct research in engineering education. 
  • Develop, review and critique research designs that study engineering education. 
  • Learn to effectively teach engineering subjects.
  • Design and assess engineering courses. 
  • Address critical issues facing engineering education. 

Structure of the PhD Program

The 60-credit-hour program includes: 

Admissions Requirements

The application process runs through the CU Graduate School. It requires: 

  • Transcripts
    • Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended can be provided in the application
    • If you receive and offer of admission and confirm your intent to enroll, you will be required to submit official transcripts
  • Three letters of reference
  • A personal statement of academic and research interests
    • Please limit to 3 pages; Why do you want to attend CU Boulder? What are your professional goals and aspects of your background / interest that demonstrate your aptitude and motivation for an ENED doctoral degree?

    • Please refer to specific CU faculty in IDE or CU faculty among our affiliates who you would be interested in working with and/or engineering education research topics of interest.

  • GRE scores are optional
  • You need at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average or a 3.25 grade point average in graduate coursework
  • For international PhD applicants the English proficiency requirements have been established by the CU Graduate School